DETROIT — Police were investigating Wednesday what led to a deadly shooting at a Michigan high school where a 15-year-old student opened fire, killing three teenagers and injuring eight people.

The shooting unfolded Tuesday afternoon at Oxford High School in Oakland County, roughly 45 minutes northwest of Detroit, and a suspect was taken into custody at the scene.

Sheriff Michael Bouchard claimed that the gun was bought by the father Friday of the victim, while the suspect uploaded images to social media days before the incident.

Michael McCabe the undersheriff acknowledged that there was talk of warning signs, and said they are being investigated. One parent said that their son wasn’t in school because they were afraid of something happening.

“He was not in school today,” Robin Redding, who has a 12th-grade son, told the Associated Press. “He just said that ‘Ma, I don’t feel comfortable. All of our kids who attend school today aren’t going.

On Tuesday evening, pastors and religious leaders held prayer vigils. “Just about all of Oxford hurts,” Pastor Jesse Holt told a crowd of more than 200 at one community church.

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What was the Oxford High experience like?

At 12:51 p.m., police dispatchers received a 911 call for an active shooter at Oxford High School. Over 100 calls were ultimately received. 

Within about five minutes of the initial call, Oakland County sheriff’s deputies had taken a suspect into custody, McCabe said during a news conference Tuesday afternoon. 

Police said they believe it was at least 12 shots were fired based on shell casings. Bouchard reported that the surveillance footage from the school recorded the suspect entering the bathroom and carrying a firearm.

McCabe claimed that everyone was allowed to shelter at the school, and it did everything right.

Oxford High School students described a chaotic scene in which a voice came over the intercom to announce an active shooter and they didn’t know whether it was a drill. Then teachers rushed to lock and barricade doors and cover windows. Students were crying and sent messages to their families. 

SWAT, more than 60 ambulances, an aviation unit and FBI agents were at the scene Tuesday afternoon.

Eventually, students with transportation were allowed to leave. The Meijer nearby store was closed and became a site of reunification for students and parents. 

Shooting at Oxford High School

Who was killed, injured in the Oxford shooting?

Three people were killed, the sheriff’s office said: Tate Myre, 16; Hana St. Juliana, 14; and Madisyn Baldwin, 17.

Myre died in a patrol car as a deputy rushed to a hospital, Bouchard said.

A teacher was among the eight people who were hurt. Bouchard stated Tuesday night that three teens were still in critical condition after being shot to the head or chest by gunshots. The 47-year old teacher, who was also in critical condition at the time, was released from hospital.

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We know very little about the shooting suspect at Oxford High School.

Police took a 15-year-old sophomore from the Village of Oxford into custody at the scene. McCabe stated that the teen was at school during the course of the day. Bouchard refused to identify the suspect as he was a juvenile.

The teen had a handgun when a deputy assigned to the school and another deputy spotted him coming down a hall with a 9mm handgun with seven rounds of live ammunition, officials said.

McCabe stated, “He did not resist being taken into custody.” “The entire thing took five minutes.” 

The suspect invoked his right not to speak to investigators and requested a lawyer. He was being held at the county’s juvenile detention facility and was under suicide watch, County Executive David Coulter said Tuesday night. 

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Officials searched the suspect’s house and his parents have hired an attorney. 

Police aren’t aware of any disciplinary issues or prior run-ins with law enforcement that the suspect had. McCabe reiterated that his office did not know of any threats or credible acts of violence.

What is the origin of this weapon and how did it reach Oxford High?

The teen’s father bought the gun four days before the shooting on Friday, Bouchard said. The weapon was a 9mm Sig Sauer SP 2022 pistol and the suspect had at least two 15-round magazines. 

The suspect’s father is said to have bought a third magazine that hasn’t been located, but Bouchard said he suspects it would be found at the school.

Tim Throne, Superintendent Schools, stated that Oxford High does not have metal detectors. Authorities knew how the student brought in the weapon, McCabe added, but he but did not elaborate

McCabe said the district and superintendent work hard to keep the school’s 1,800 students safe, highlighting the fact that a deputy is assigned to the school and was involved in the suspect’s arrest.

Metal detectors are not required in all schools. Schools only need one entrance. Is it necessary for every school or building to have metal detectors in place? It’s expensive but it is worth the cost,” he stated.

Gov. Whitmer: ‘Unimaginable tragedy’

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer during a Tuesday evening news conference at the school called it “an unimaginable tragedy” and that it’s every parent’s worst nightmare. 

She asked Michiganders to support the community and called the shooting a uniquely American problem that needs to be addressed. 

“I’m devastated for the students, teachers, staff and families of Oxford High School,” she said via Twitter. The shootings of teachers and students, as well as the deaths of many other students, are horrendous. My thoughts and prayers are with all the Oxford family, as well as the parents of those who saw their children disappear.

While speaking to Minnesotans on Tuesday, President Joe Biden addressed the shooting. 

“My heart goes out to the families that are enduring the unimaginable grief of losing a loved one,” he said.

“You’ve got to know that whole community has to be in a state of shock right now.” 

Which school shootings occurred this year?

There have been 28 school shootings this year, according to Education Week, which tracks shootings at schools in which there are any firearm-related injuries or deaths.

Twenty of those occurred since August, when students took part in learning again. Ten shootings were recorded in 2020.

In addition, the incident is the 651st incident in 2021 in which at least four people were shot, according to the Gun Violence Archive.

Contributing: Khalil AlHajal, Lily Altavena, David Jesse and Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press

Source: USAToday.com

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